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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Hit the Peninsulas in Traverse City

With farms, vineyards, and foraging chefs, this bucolic retreat in northern Michigan is a rising destination for food lovers.

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1. Where to Stay


Antiquities’ Wellington Inn was originally the home of one of Traverse City's lumber barons.  

Have breakfast in bed at Tesoro Inn (from $210, including breakfast), a fresh-feeling B&B that opened three years ago in the heart of Old Mission wine country. Its three well-appointed suites all have modern furnishings and views of the property’s vineyards and orchards, but book the Trellis Suite for the most space and a private courtyard where you can enjoy a pre-dinner glass of wine.

Relax in a rocking chair on the veranda of the stately Antiquities’ Wellington Inn (from $170, including breakfast), a 1905 neoclassical mansion on a quiet street in the heart of the city. Nine impeccably restored rooms capture a bygone era with antique furniture, Oriental rugs, and original wall murals, while the Carriage House offers private two-bedroom apartments (from $300) featuring full kitchens and décor inspired by the thirties and forties.

Roam 160 acres of orchards, vineyards, stables, and trails at the Inn at Black Star Farms (from $150, including breakfast), located near Suttons Bay on Leelanau Peninsula. Named after stars in the Northern galaxy, the ten individually decorated rooms come with spacious bathrooms (some with whirlpools and glassed-in showers), down comforters, and complimentary bottles of “Red House” wine. In addition to the farm-fresh breakfast, afternoon snacks and pre-dinner wine and hors d’oeuvres are all complimentary.


Published on Sep 27, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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